Galatea 2.2 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What got Richard this position?

2. What does Richard say about happiness, after Philip Lentz's experiment?

3. How does Philip Lentz respond when Diana Hartrick challenges him?

4. How does Harold Plover treat Richard at lunch?

5. What change does Philip Lentz make in implementation B?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were Richard and C.'s thoughts about having children?

2. What does Richard notice during his first lunch with Lentz and the other researchers?

3. What is Richard's reaction when he finds out that Lentz has tricked him with implementation C?

4. How does Taylor's death affect Richard and C.'s relationship?

5. Who is the main character, and what is he doing as the book begins?

6. Describe Richard's circumstances when he first met C.

7. What are Richard's feelings about Diana Hartrick's children?

8. Describe the relationship between Philip Lentz and Richard.

9. What has Lentz accomplished by the time he builds implementation F?

10. Describe Richard's dinner with Diana Hartrick.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Evaluate your own reading of "Galatea 2.2". Did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

Essay Topic 2

What precedent does Helen's suicide have in the book? How has death been treated, and how is the machine's death similar to and different from other deaths we have seen?

Essay Topic 3

Does Lentz become a replacement for C.? How does Lentz call out the same struggles and aspects of Richard's personality that had been called out in Richard's relationship with C.? Alternatively, does Helen become a replacement for C. and how does "she" call out the same struggles Richard had been engaged in with C.?

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